Luxury Swimming Pool Safety Tips For Children 30th October 2015
A luxury swimming pool is fun for all the family, but you should always ensure your children stay safe around large bodies of water. These simple tips will keep your kids out of danger and allow everyone to enjoy your new pool without accidents.
- Constant supervision
The most important part of pool safety for children is making sure there is adequate adult supervision at all times, especially for toddlers. It can only take a couple of seconds for a child to fall in the pool and get into trouble, so always be extra vigilant.
- Buy flotation devices
Whether it’s armbands, float discs or other swimming aids, purchasing the latest flotation devices for kids will help them keep their head above water. Much like the stabilisers on a bike, these swimming accessories can be removed as your children become more comfortable in the water.
- Install a fence or gate
You may want to purchase a gate or fence to prevent your children from accessing the pool when you’re not around. Last year, 36 people drowned while swimming unsupervised, which was the second leading cause of death by water. Some gates come fitted with an alarm that goes off when it is opened.
- Implement strict pool rules
Teach your children never to run around the pool or leave toys and other objects in the vicinity that could become tripping hazards. You should also prevent your kids from pushing people in the pool or venturing into the deep end when they’re too young.
Be Inspired By The Lansdowne Club Swimming Pool 29th October 2015
It can be difficult deciding how you want your unique swimming pool to look, so it makes sense to do some research into the many different pools that can be found around the world to discover what kind of style you like and what you don’t.
The Lansdowne Club in London, built in 1763 and transformed into a social club back in 1935, is gloriously Art Deco in aesthetics so if you’re a huge fan of the Roaring 20s, it might be worth either joining the club or doing some research online to see if you can find some beautiful images to suitably inspire you.
So beautiful is the swimming pool that it has been featured in TV series Poirot – so if it can impress the head honchos at production companies, it’s sure to be in your good graces. It’s 25 yards long and eight metres wide, and fully heated, having gone through a variety of transformations since 1935. In fact, it’s one of the few chlorine-free swimming pools to be found in London!
We here at CBD Pools are well able to help make your Art Deco swimming pool a reality, with lots of bold and distinctive handmade ceramics on offer. In fact, the way we make our tiles is perfectly suited to the Art Deco style. We select our glazes carefully and mix them together to suit each individual project and we can also inter-mix so that we’re able to add particular emphasis to various elements of the design.
Luxury Swimming Pools Top Choice For Prime Property Buyers 26th October 2015
People looking to purchase high-end homes in the UK have ranked luxury swimming pools as their top choice for sports and leisure facilities, according to new research.
Figures from Direct Line’s Select Premier Insurance show 17 per cent of real estate agents have seen demand for unique swimming pools increase. The organisation said a pool could boost a property’s value by as much as 15 per cent.
Other popular facilities include tennis courts and home gyms, with Direct Line reporting 9 per cent more requests for homes fitted with these additions. Spas are also seeing a rise in demand (8 per cent), while the popularity of home cinemas (5 per cent) showed improvement.
Even respondents who don’t believe sports and leisure amenities add value to a property admitted they could be a worthwhile investment. Some 17 per cent of people said these renovations increased the attractiveness and saleability of a listing.
Nick Brabham, head of Select Premier Insurance, claimed buyers want to enjoy their favourite activities without having to leave the home. Swimming pools, golf greens and squash courts are now becoming commonplace at the higher end of the market.
“As staying in continues to be the new going out, we are seeing more home owners embrace their favourite pastimes in the comfort of their own properties,” he explained.
However, he admitted that not everyone is keen on purchasing homes with existing sports and leisure facilities. In fact, there has been a 5 per cent rise in the number of people who prefer to buy properties with additional land in order to design their own amenities.
Infinity Pool Inspiration – The World’s Best 26th October 2015
If you are considering the plans for your unique swimming pool then make sure you check out some of these infinity pool designs to help you make up your mind.
Many of the world’s most luxurious haunts have opted for infinity pools in recent years, they are classic, comfortable and staggeringly beautiful. They also compliment the landscape around the pool fantastically so are a perfect option for people and places with views to show off.
Here are some of the most beautiful:
The Cambrian Hotel Adelboden, Switzerland
Sitting in an outdoor pool in the Alps may not be an obvious choice for many but this pool will entice even the most reluctant of outdoor swimmers. Surrounded by snowy topped peaks, the infinity pool coolly runs into the icy landscape.
Jade mountain, St Lucia
Up in the mountains but overlooking the sea, this pool makes the mountains and sea blend into one when you are in it.
Hotel Villa Mahal, Turkey
Simple and elegant, everything an infinity pool should be. A sharp edged square jutting out into the vastness of the Mediterranean, sitting in this pool is must for anyone wanting to gain a sense of perspective.
Caesar Augustus Hotel, Italy
Well positioned for people chasing luxury, this infinity pool simply and effortlessly enhances its elegant surroundings, both natural and classical. Placed on the coast line you can take in the sea mists and watch the islands rise out of them, if you get up early enough.
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
This multi-tiered infinity pool curves out into the jungle surroundings around it, in one of the most staggering uses of an infinity pool in the world. Take a look here.
Plans Revealed For Underground House With Luxury Swimming Pool 12th October 2015
Designs for a unique house built entirely underground with grand features and a luxury indoor swimming pool have been revealed
The property – known as Perdu – is to be located in Bowden, Manchester, and will be worth £2.4 million when it is complete.
NC Homes-Architects and Huntsmere have released the designs of the three-bedroom circular abode, which also includes a deluxe kitchen, gym, spacious living area, and water slide into the pool.
Natural light is let in via a passage in the centre of the property, giving the home an airy atmosphere despite being built underground.
A spokesperson for NC Homes-Architects said: “Set in the grounds of 19th Century Limehurst in Bowdon, this proposed three-bed dwelling makes an extraordinary statement without the visual impact of an ordinary house.”
By building underground, the architects claimed they would avoid harming the “well-landscaped character of the Devisdale Conservation Area”.
The unique property is also environmentally friendly, as it has a constant temperature unaffected by the changes in weather above. It also reduces the amount of green space lost by being built below the ground.
Perdu could go on to receive several awards when complete, with NC Homes-Architects being no stranger to accolades for its impressive designs. These include several What House and Northern Design awards for its Armstrong Farm, Edge House, Oakdene, Ravenswood and Westfield projects.
This is not the only luxury hidden home to hit the news lately, as Robert Vicino is converting a military bunker in Germany from the Cold War into a £720 million luxury underground property, according to GQ Magazine.
The fortress is being created by The Vivos Group, the company Vicino founded. It is designed to withstand any natural or military destruction, and will be the ultimate luxury hideaway, featuring a huge swimming pool, several gyms, restaurants and even an on-site zoo.
Be Inspired By This Bangalore Luxury Swimming Pool! 12th October 2015
Homeowners considering investing in their own unique swimming pools at this time would be wise to do as much research as possible before embarking on such a project – and looking at other pools that other people have installed is a key part of this.
The Dezeen website has just featured a sky-lit swimming pool in Bangalore where the pool forms an integral part of the house itself, with the rooms arranged around it and a double-height atrium above it, complete with a glazed roof.
The architects in this case have strived to bring the outside in, with internal balconies overlooking the pool, gravel, stepping stones and patches of lawn surrounding the pool edge to really create a sense of being outside.
Tushar Vasudevan, founder of studio Ochre, said: “Light and shadow, both during the day and in the night, form an integral part of the design scheme and act as a dynamic relief on blank white walls.”
Of course, if your house is already built you may not be able to redo it so as to include a luxury swimming pool actually inside, but you can certainly take a few ideas away with you from this particular pool.
Whatever you plan on doing at home, make sure you don’t rush into any decisions where your swimming pool design is concerned. It’s important that you take the time to find out what will work best for you and your family, and also to seek out expert advice to help you make the right decisions.
Cold War Bunker Transformed Into Luxury Swimming Pool 8th October 2015
Those of you mulling over plans for a luxury indoor swimming pool may want to find out more about the Cold War bunker in Chislehurst, a south-east London suburb, that was once intended to be used by civil servants should a nuclear attack take place.
Now, however, the site has been transformed into a £3.5 million house, complete with five bedrooms, a glass atrium, a stunning swimming pool and a glass staircase.
According to the Daily Mail, the property is known as the Glass House and, although it was meant to serve as a place for government officials to flee to as the Cold War intensified, it fell into disrepair in the years after it – eventually taking two years to completely renovate.
The swimming pool itself forms the centrepiece of the house, along with the glass staircase, which could be quite inspirational for anyone planning on having their own pool installed. Naturally, the majority of people opt to have a pool outside but if you want something truly decadent and different, it might be an idea to consider having an indoor pool as part of the entrance to your home.
Alternatively, you could have both, one inside and one outside. Your inside pool could be more decorative and perhaps come with a feature such as a water wall, while the outside pool could be more practical and meant for actual swimming.
Before you make any decisions, give us a call here at CBD Pools. We have years of experience in swimming pool design so can help you decide what’s best suited to you and your home.
Top Designer Swimsuits & Accessories For Women 7th October 2015
Once you’ve had your luxury swimming pool installed and ready to use, it’s time to start thinking about the swimsuits and other accessories you need to invest in so you can look your best when you’re sat on your sun lounger. Here are a few top picks from around the world wide web.
Short knit kaftan
This beautiful and vibrant kaftan comes with a bateau neckline and a striped trim, with a drawstring adjustable waist to perfectly flatter your figure. Just pull it on over your swimsuit once you’ve climbed out of the pool whenever you feel like covering up.
Every discerning swimmer needs a sarong to wrap around themselves in between dips in the pool and you can’t do much better than this cotton voile number from Emilio Pucci. Its delightful purple retro print is seriously on trend, perfect if you want to be the most glamorous person as far as they eye can see.
Natalie white and navy ruffled bikini
If you’re a bikini kind of girl, then you can do no wrong with this gorgeous one from Lisa Marie Fernandez. The nautical look never really goes out of style and ruffles are set to be huge news for spring/summer 2016 so combine the two and you’re onto a real winner with this bikini.
Mio black ruched swimsuit
One-piece swimsuits have enjoyed a revival in recent years and they are now available in countless styles and designs. This one from Norma Kamali is stunning, with a cut-out middle and completely open back.